Large 3 bedroom villa with a mezannine and a separate 2 bedroom villa
About Eileen Donnelly
We built our home on a beautiful site in the Razes that we purchased in 2005. We spent many years completing the house and we visit our home in France as often as we can, work permitting. Our family are now grown up and visit us when we are there.
Eileen Donnelly purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Eileen Donnelly chose Bellegarde-du-Razès
The house is very well located, only 30 minutes from Carcassonne Airport, making it very accessible for short term breaks. Toulouse aorport is another option to fly into, as it is just an hour away from the house. There are many lovely places to visit around the area- such as Limoux, Mirepoix, Fanjeaux .
What makes this Villa unique
When we holiday there ourselves, we enjoy the 3 bedroom house with all it's comforts, both summer and winter. In winter, the house is very cosy with the woodburning stove and under floor heating. When extended family join us, we have lots of space with the separate 2 bedroom house in the garden.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Calme, paix et espace pour cette agréable maison
Maison agréable à vivre avec beaucoup d'espace et des chambres indépendantes avec salle de bains individuelles. Pour des vacances simples en famille ou entre amis, dans le calme d'un bel endroit retiré plein de charme (petits écureuils vous accueils dans le jardin).
Tout y est fonctionnel et la maison est très bien équipée coté ustensiles de cuisine et avec wifi (indispensable car le seul le réseau de l'opérateur orange couvre ce secteur).
La piscine est indéniablement un plus avec beaucoup de bains de soleil et de table pour profiter d'un repos bien mérité après de belles ballades dans ce territoire préservé et riche en lieux culturels et naturels.
La propriétaire Eileen est tout simplement adorable et toujours très serviable. Seul bémol : il ne faut pas être maniaque du ménage : c'est propre, mais pas irréprochable ... mais après tout, ce sont les vacances et cela vous libère des obsessions de tout aseptiser.
Je recommande chaudement.
Quiet, relaxing, delightful holiday home
We found Eileen the owner to be very helpful and flexible, due to a family wedding we arrived a day late and were able to stay beyond the set leaving time allowing us to avoid traffic delays. The house and gite were well equipped and the gardens large. It was great having ensuites to every bedroom in the main house as well as a separate toilet downstairs. There were fans in every bedroom which was very useful although we slept upstairs and had both the balcony and the window open at night so didn't use the fans. There must have been the odd mosquito around but there were very few, over the two weeks I got about 5 bites which was very good considering our bedroom windows were open. The trees in the garden which you can see in the pictures have grown considerably and as a consequence the ground is covered with pine needles, we found we had to sweep the patio on several occasions so as not to keep trampling them into the house. WE also found that we had to keep the cover for the pool on even if we were at the house and not using it otherwise the pool got a lot of leaves and needles in it. The pool is a good size and was wonderful on hot days, our only small complaint would be the pool cover which was a pain and took two people to take on and off despite there being a mechanical winder. The winder was not up to the job and needed lots of help, because of this we used the pool less than normal as the prospect of taking the cover off was not a pleasant one. During our visit Andy and Charlotte came once a week to clean and sort the pool, they were also a great source of information on places to visit.
The area is quiet and the village charming. You do need your own transport as there are no shops in the village, the nearest village is a 10 minute drive away and has a small convenience store, bakers and butchers. The best large supermarket we found was the Intermarche in Castelnaudary about 20 - 25 minutes away. Places we visited which we would recommend are Mirepoix, a lovely medieval town, has an excellent market on a Monday and a nice square with restaurants for an evening visit. We had an exception lunch at La Domaine Gayda, the food was amazing, the service exemplary and the surroundings stunning, an absolute must! Colleuire is a seaside village/town which is very picturesque, although a good two hour drive away it was worth it however it gets very busy so our top tip is leave early in the morning and have breakfast there.
We are delighted you found the house was well equipped with facilities for a large group of people. All of our guests seem to greatly appreciate the individual en suites and the space offered by the 2 separate houses and terraces in the large garden.
Many thanks also, for the constructive comments. It is always helpful to hear of things we can do to improve the property for our guests. The trees do provide a lovely dappled shade in the heat. However, we agree the trees have grown too big and when we were over this Autumn, we engaged a company to cut back the trees next Spring for 2017 season. This should resolve the difficulty with pines on the terrace and in the pool.
We have since had the pool winder refurbished so it works more efficiently. We are also looking at an alternative lighter pool cover that will be easier to manage.
Beautifully equipped modern villas in Bellegarde
This exceeded our expectations; having the second property allowed us to invite friends to stay with us in this beautiful, relatively unspoilt part of southern France. Every night we found delightful circular walks and the proximity to local markets and small towns made day trips a pleasure, when we could be bothered to drag ourselves away. We would certainly return.
The properties were all that the pictures suggested and the pool was great. Set in a lovely area of France with plenty to explore. Don't forget to try the Blanchette de Limoux, half the price as Champagne and just as good. Take a lonely planet or rough guide then you don,t miss out on where to go. A great all round family holiday . Jim Dewhurst
A delightful weil equipped family holiday home
The two houses not adjoining but near to eachother in the same grounds were just what we needed for our famly. We could make as much noise as we liked without disturbing anyone, or enjoy the tranquiiity when the younger members were asleep. It is well and thoughtfully equipped. The open plan living accommodation is light and airy with french windows on two sides (although these are not always easy to lock).The garden is big enough to play games in. There is rich rolling countryside with the vinyards of Minervois,old hill top villages, and some delightful towns . The owners are fortunate in having a very pleasant relative living locally, who looks after the place and knows the locality. It would be a kindness to the neighbours if wifi was installed; our teenage grandson spent much of his time outside the gates of a house further up the hill where he could get on line, but the owner was very tolerant. - Paul and Val Pelham.
We are delighted Paul and his family enjoyed their stay in our holiday home. We are at the moment installing wifi as we appreciate the importance for both adults and children alike. It will be installed early next season.
We spent two weeks at this property with a large family group.We thought the property was ideally suited for this as there was ample space for group activities as well as the opportunity for quiet time alone if desired. The house itself was very light and airy and the additional bathrooms were great. The property was very clean and well maintained and the large garden setting with, pool, fruit trees and ample birdlife was a really nice space to relax. Although it is not within walking distance of shops there are many choices to be made in the surrounding villages and towns. We also did some great circular walks in the very picturesque villages countryside surrounding the house. we would very happily recommend this property especially for a large group.
Situated in the Raze between Carcassonne, Mirepoix and Limoux. An hour's drive to Toulouse. There are a wealth of things to do in the area. Visit the markets in Mirepoix on Monday and Saturday in Carcassonne. Visit the town of Limoux, famous for the Blanquette the local ' Champagne'. Rennes le Chateau is a half hour's drive away. Take a drive to Andorra.